Capturing Children’s Interest
The Rangos Family Foundation has actively supported the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for many years. Jill Rangos served on the museum’s board of trustees for several years. Children’s Museum, which hosts 250,000 visitors annually, uses interactive exhibits to teach children about a wide variety of topics.
Children learn from “Stuffee” (the museum’s seven-foot health-teaching mascot) and Professor MiGooch, who bring to life lessons on anatomy, nutrition, personal wellness and respect for others. There are a number of exhibits. One of the most popular exhibits is “Fred Rogers & Us,” where an actual set from the iconic show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” is on display.
Children are afforded opportunities to be creative. They can go on interactive “Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog,” and attend “Interactive Fiction,” a series of Sunday afternoon demonstrations using Inform 7, a computer program for creating stories that they can play as a game. The Museum also offers educational and outreach programs, as well as classes to help educate children.